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Situation February 18 2001 approximately 3 pm On this date while at my job in a pizza store I observed a little boy about 5 years old and his mother coming to eat their lunch When I served the boy his pizza it was hot When he took his first bite he burned his tongue so he attempted to take another bite only to burn his tongue again After the second attempt the boy put down the pizza and turned his attention to his toys When the moter noticed this she began yelling at the boy to eat his food and the boy refused The mother than had me cut up the pizza and attempted to feed the boy the pizza The boy started to cry saying that he didnt want to eat it cause it was hot and would burn him The mother than put the pizza in the bag and they left the store Psychological Analysis In this case it appears that the little boy has become conditioned to associating the pizza with burning in his mouth The pizza is a conditioned stimulus and the boy crying is a conditioned response According to Davison and Neal 2001 this is known as Classical Conditioning This case is similar to Pavlovs study on dogs pg41 in which the dog began responding to the bell cs by salivating cr The dog associates food with the sound of the bell the way the boy associates pain with the sight of the pizza Classical Conditioning is take from Behaviorism which means that the boys behavior was learned The best way to treat this is to unlearn the behavior or relearn new behavior One form of treatment that has been successful is Counterconditioning through systematic desensitization p 45 It might successful to slowly get the boy to eat the pizza as in the example we discussed in class with slowly riding the roller coasters By measuring the boys
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